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Source: MDPI 24.05.22

https://www.mdpi.com/2079-8954/10/3/69

Potts et al. (2022) Embedded Researchers as Part of a Whole Systems Approach to Physical Activity.pdf

 

Whole systems approaches are increasingly being advocated as a way of responding to complex public health priorities such as obesity and physical inactivity. Due to the complex and
adaptive nature of such systems, researchers are increasingly being embedded within host organisations (i.e., those which facilitate the whole systems appr

Source: Diabetes UK 20.05.22

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/5-steps-to-diabetes-prevention

 

For this year's Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week (23-29 May) Diabetes UK shares five steps to  prevention, which are designed to help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Currently 2.4 million people in England are at elevated risk of developing the disease.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week raises awareness of the seriousness of the condition, the risk of developing it, and ways to help reduce th

Source: Activity Alliance 18.05.22

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/7191-new-inclusion-2024-education-hub-to-improve-future-pe-experiences

 

Teachers across England will have access to resources for inclusive PE through the Inclusion 2024 inclusive education hub. It is created in partnership by Activity Alliance, Youth Sport Trust and Department for Education. The aim of the hub is to support more teachers responsible for PE and school sport to engage more disabled students. The impact w

Source: Sport England 17.05.22

https://www.sportengland.org/news/partner-toolkit-girl-can-x-strava-partnership-published

 

Sport England has published a toolkit to help partners get involved and support women in their local area to get moving again, ahead of the launch of This Girl Can and Strava’s ‘Make Your Comeback’ campaign.

The partnership with Strava launches to consumers later this month and will see the Make Your Comeback and This Girl Can Club introduced on the fitness tracking platform

Source: ISEH May 22

http://iseh.co.uk/news/latest-news/new-research-on-exercise-brain-activity-in-the-pre-frontal-cortex-of-those-with-depressive-symptoms

 

Dr Flaminia Ronca and Professor Mark Hamer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH), recently published research investigating whether a single bout of intense exercise could improve brain activity in the pre-frontal cortex in participants who exhibit depressive symptoms.

One hundred and six adults completed a series of executiv

Source: NCSEM 24.05.22

https://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/2022/05/24/shift-it-new-research-suggests-health-education-fitbits-and-cabin-workouts-can-improve-activity-levels-of-lorry-drivers/

 

A targeted health programme, including health education sessions, Fitbits and lorry cabin workouts, can improve the activity levels of long-distance heavy goods drivers in the short term – according to new research led by Loughborough University.

There are approximately 300,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in

Source: sustrans 14.05.22

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/news/2022/may/department-for-transport-announces-vital-funding-for-the-national-cycle-network/

 

The Department of Transport has announced a £35 million continuation of funding to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of the National Cycle Network, alongside additional vital funding for active travel across England.

This funding will create new routes and improve existing ones, better connecting communities and making it easi

Source: Sport England 12.05.22

https://www.sportengland.org/news/funding-governing-bodies-drive-participation-through-innovation

 

Sports bodies are being helped to use innovative, non-traditional or digital ideas to drive participation thanks to a £6.5 million investment of National Lottery funding.

The money comes as part of Sport England’s £35m commitment to creating a lasting national impact from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and will be split between the 21 national governing bodie

Source: Women in Sport May 22

https://www.womeninsport.org/press-release/big-sister-aims-to-break-down-the-barriers-to-teenage-girls-exercising/

 

A new programme designed to provide a supportive space for teenage girls has launched to help girls find and reclaim the joy of sport and exercise during puberty. Big Sister provides girls with an extensive range of resources and support – created and shaped by other girls – to enable them to find out about the changes that happen to their bodies whil

Source: Sport England 10.05.22

https://www.sportengland.org/news/new-partner-funding-continues-commitment-tackling-inequalities

 

Sport England is investing a further £360 million of National Lottery and government funding into 78 more partners to help people in England get active and tackle long-standing inequalities within access to sport and physical activity.

The funding comes on the back of the £193m investment in 43 partners they announced in March and brings their total contributions to m

Source: Living Streets April 22

https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/news-and-blog/press-media/over-a-fifth-of-people-in-the-uk-never-walk-for-exercise

 

Over a fifth (22%) of the UK population never walk for exercise or leisure at all – and nearly half of people (46%) never walk to or from work, according to new research for National Walking Month.

A survey commissioned by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, shows that Glasgow is the top city in the UK for walking, with the highest

Source: NICE 29.04.22

https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/healthier-lifestyle-can-help-to-ease-osteoarthritis-symptoms-says-nice

 

Exercise has a significant role to play in helping people living with osteoarthritis, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says in draft updated guidelines. Clinical evidence shows that when people with osteoarthritis are offered tailored exercises, such as muscle strengthening and aerobic exercise, they can achieve good health outcomes.

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Source; Sport England 28.04.22

https://www.sportengland.org/news/activity-levels-see-partial-recovery-covid-19

 

Activity levels are starting to recover following large drops caused by coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions, the latest Active Lives Adult Survey report shows.

Covering the period between November 2020 and November 2021, the results show that while activity levels obviously dropped because of restrictions designed to stop the spread of the virus, they then stabilised and are

Source: CIMSPA 05.05.22

https://www.cimspa.co.uk/cimspa-news/news-home/covid-guidance-for-sport-and-physical-activity-for-the-uk

 

With Covid-19 restrictions being lifted across the UK, CIMSPA have put together a guide to help everyone in sport and physical activity understand what the latest government guidance is.

The guide, which is updated regularly, contains the latest guidance and restrictions in the four home countries.

Source: Youth Sport Trust 03.05.22

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/charity-campaign-aims-to-get-1-million-children-doing-school-sport

 

The Youth Sport Trust is asking teachers, parents, and organisations across the UK to help every child find a place to belong on National School Sport Week this summer.

The UK is facing a ‘new pandemic’ of loneliness, rising mental health needs and childhood inactivity. In a bid to get more young people to have fun doing sport and find their pl

Source: Institute of Sport Exercise & Health April 22

http://iseh.co.uk/news/latest-news/study-published-on-daily-step-count-and-biomarkers-for-heart-diease

Professor Mark Hamer, Chair in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH), has conducted a research project that has investigated the association between daily step count and biomarkers for heart disease.

The research was conducted as several step-based daily targets have been widely circulated and comm

Source: Women in Sport April 22

https://www.womeninsport.org/our-work/partnerships/daughters-and-dads/daughters-and-dads-about-the-programme/

 

Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered is a free physical activity and education programme for young girls (5-11) and their fathers/father-figures who want to be more active together.

It was delivered in partnership with the EFL Trust, Fatherhood Institute and University of Newcastle (Australia) through funding from Sport England and the National Lotter

Source: World Health Organisation 22.04.22

https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/physical-activity/news/news/2022/4/a-new-who-tool-to-empower-organized-sports-clubs-to-promote-health

 

While sports clubs can often be seen as places for competition and athletic performance, there are many opportunities for sports clubs to contribute to overall health improvements in the community that have not yet fully been harnessed.

WHO’s new Health-Promoting Sports Clubs – National Audi

Source: Sport England 21.04.22

https://www.sportengland.org/news/girl-can-partners-regatta-great-outdoors-and-strava

 

This Girl Can has announced partnerships with two well known brands as it continues its quest to inspire more women to get active on their own terms. The partnerships, which will launch in May, are the first in an innovative new working model for the award-winning campaign.

Celebrating and building women’s confidence to get active has been at the heart of This Girl Can since its

Source: Active Partnerships 07.04.22

https://www.activepartnerships.org/news/using-sport-and-physical-activity-increase-employability-people-furthest-labour-market

 

The contribution of physical activity and sport on health, wellbeing, economic recovery and growth is extensive, and covers a number of different areas of work. This includes using it as a vehicle to increase employability and inclusive growth, by improving skills & health with people currently furthest from the labour market.

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